Sat 25 October, 2014

14:00 Massive Mullet Migration» Neatorama

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The migration of mullet takes place every year off the east coast of Florida. The small fish are like a buffet for big fish, so look out for tarpon, jacks, sharks, snook, and other big fish to step up to the table. I would presume that quite a few fish are left behind on the beach, which will be nice and fragrant by the next day. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

13:12 Twitpic's last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe» Engadget RSS Feed
Twitpic may not have avoided an untimely demise, but you won't have to worry about some of your older Twitter photos disappearing into the void. The defunct hosting company has reached a last-minute deal that will have Twitter take over both the...
13:06 Children killed in Zambia boat accident» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
At least 26 people, including 23 children, drown after their ferry capsizes during independence day celebrations.
13:05 New Oculus SDK Adds Experimental Linux Support and Unity Free For Rift Headset» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Oculus, creator of the Rift VR headset, has released a new version of their SDK which brings with it long sought-after support for Linux, which the company says is "experimental." Linux support was previously unavailable since the launch of the company's second development kit, the DK2. The latest SDK update also adds support for Unity Free, the non-commercial version of the popular game authoring engine. Previously, Unity developers needed the Pro version—costing $1,500 or $75/month—to create experiences for the Oculus Rift.

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13:02 Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issues order after 31 soldiers were killed in gun and bomb attack in the country's north.
13:00 Spider Fixes a Leaf» Neatorama

Photographer Bertrand Kulik snapped this fantastic shot. There was a hole in the leaf where the spider built his web. From the right angle, it looks like the spider patched up the hole. You can see a close-up shot here.

-via Colossal

12:26 Lebanese army cracks down on 'ISIL suspects'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Raids and arrests come as at least eight people are killed in clashes starting in city's old market.
12:02 FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: 2014 was supposed to be the year broadcasters would be allowed to sell off their unused spectrum to mobile carriers. That got pushed back to 2015 in December, and now the Federal Communications Commission has bumped it to 2016 in the face of a lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters. The FCC says the legal briefs aren't even due until January 2015, and it will take them until the middle of the year to review the documents and respond in court. The delay is just fine with the NAB, but probably bad news for anyone hoping that spectrum would help to improve mobile communications in the U.S. any time soon.

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12:00 R.I.P. Jack Bruce» Neatorama

For many of us, just the mention of the name Jack Bruce makes the ten note bass line of “Sunshine of Your Love” play in one’s head. The bass player/singer made up a third of the band Cream, along with Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, and co-wrote many of their songs with Clapton. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. After Cream disbanded in 1968, Bruce had a successful solo career and collaborated with many other musicians.

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Jack Bruce never retired, and released a studio album titled Silver Rails in 2014. Bruce passed away today at his home in Suffolk, reportedly from liver disease. He was 71.

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11:27 Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech» Engadget RSS Feed
If you're bent on using Apple Pay or Google Wallet for your shopping, you may have to be finicky about your choice of drug stores. Both CVS and Rite Aid have shut off their support for NFC-based payments just days after Apple Pay went live. Try to...
11:11 Ukraine president stakes future on snap poll» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Ukrainians brace for parliamentary election against the backdrop of months of conflict and mounting unrest.
11:09 Explained: What to Do if You Get Ebola (Infographic)» LiveScience.com
If you are exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, this is some of what the CDC tells you to do.
11:02 EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: The 28 nations in the European Union agreed Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% (going by 1990 levels) by the year 2030. The deal received widespread criticism; industry bosses said the 2030 targets were too extreme, while many environmental groups said the goals weren't ambitious enough. The deal requires each nation to achieve the goal independently — earlier targets could use international offsets to avoid or reduce action. EU officials hope the agreement will encourage the U.S. and China to take a more aggressive stance on fighting climate change.

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11:00 Leopard Mama and Cub Cross the River» Neatorama

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This footage captured in Kruger National Park in South Africa shows a careful, protective mama leopard demonsrating the moves and jumps necessary to navigate the Sabie River. That was a pretty big jump for a little cub. I bet, if mama leopards can be proud, that did it. -Via Arbroath

10:01 High Speed Evolution» Slashdot
Taco Cowboy writes: Normally, the term "evolution" implicitly refers to super-long time frames. However, in the case of lizards on Florida islands, evolution seems to have shifted into a higher gear. Researchers have documented noticeable changes in a native species over a period of just 15 years, after an invading species altered their behavior (abstract). "After contact with the invasive species, the native lizards began perching higher in trees, and, generation after generation, their feet evolved to become better at gripping the thinner, smoother branches found higher up. The change occurred at an astonishing pace: Within a few months, native lizards had begun shifting to higher perches, and over the course of 15 years and 20 generations, their toe pads had become larger, with more sticky scales on their feet. 'We did predict that we'd see a change, but the degree and quickness with which they evolved was surprising,' said Yoel Stuart, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and lead author of the study... 'To put this shift in perspective, if human height were evolving as fast as these lizards' toes, the height of an average American man would increase from about 5 foot 9 inches today to about 6 foot 4 inches within 20 generations — an increase that would make the average U.S. male the height of an NBA shooting guard,' said Stuart."

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10:00 The 10 Best Walking Dead Episodes So Far» Neatorama

Image Credit: Angela George

I do not hide my love affair with AMC's The Walking Dead. Though it has the bad habit of being inconsistent from time to time, it still offers us something very different on the modern television landscape:


I come from a time when a zombie TV show was unheard of. Though there may be more zombie shows now, with even more set to come soon, that was not the case before The Walking Dead became one of the biggest shows on TV. If you are a fan like I am, this list of the 10 best episodes of The Walking Dead will be right up your alley.

A fenced in alley, filled with walkers.

10:00 IRL: Keeping a journal with Day One» Engadget RSS Feed
Trying to keep a journal has always been difficult for me. Before the age of smartphones, I tried to rely on text files or a physical notepad. If I wasn't forgetting to write down my thoughts, I was losing the file or my handwriting was so bad it...
09:45 DxO and Digital Photographer offer free 'Optics Pro 8'» Boing Boing
DxO is the exact opposite of instagram, it removes the lens flare and artifacts that social media finds so desirable. Version 8 is available free until January 2015.
09:34 Mind Maze: How Your Memory Deceives You» LiveScience.com
Sci-fi loves to mess with memory, but memory misleads in real life, too.
09:32 TVLine's Performer of the Week: Supernatural's Jensen Ackles» TVLine » TVLine
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars THE PERFORMER | Jensen Ackles THE SHOW | Supernatural  THE EPISODE | “Soul Survivor” THE AIRDATE | October 21, 2014 THE PERFORMANCE | You know you’re in for a ride when Supernatural‘s Dean and Sam have a big confrontation — and they’ve had a lot of them over the years. But nothing […]
09:32 Music: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," Ella Fitzgerald (1956)» Boing Boing

A favorite.

09:22 Caturday: This kitten likes to bat at bubbles with her paws» Boing Boing

Bubble Face,” by Boing Boing reader Avelino Maestas. “Our cat Squishy likes to bat at bubbles with her paws,” he explains. Shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

09:15 “Point of View,” a collage series by Beth Hoeckel» Boing Boing


From the website of brilliant collage artist Beth Hoeckel, “Point of View.”

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09:09 A proposal for a new mandatory shopping label» Boing Boing
09:00 The Slow Mo Guys Do Internet Memes» Neatorama

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Gav and Dan, the Slow Mo Guys (previously) were challenged to illustrate internet memes in super slo-mo video. The memes they selected are actually just internet slang terms, and whether you are familiar with them has little bearing on how enjoyable the vignettes are. You can bet your bottom dollar that this will be made into animated gifs that will be used on reddit and other forums for eternity. Some of these stunts were really difficult to get right, but my favorite was the easiest: flipping the table. The biggest mess they've ever made! -via Viral Viral Videos

08:59 ISIL pounded as Iraqi and Kurd forces advance» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces say they have retaken key areas in Iraq's north and south, supported by 22 US air strikes.
08:57 Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, "The focus of the Court's reasoning is that the sale of a PC with software preinstalled is not like the sale of a car with its components (the 4 wheels, the engine, etc.) that therefore are sold jointly. Buying a computer with preinstalled software, the user is required to conclude two different contracts: the first, when he buys the computer; the second, when he turns on the computer for the first time and he is required to accept or not the license terms of the preinstalled software. Therefore, if the user does not accept the software license, he has the right to keep the computer and install free software without having to pay the 'Microsoft tax.'"

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08:45 Ratings: Constantine Does Sub-Dracula Numbers, Blue Bloods Hits Highs» TVLine » TVLine
NBC’s Grimm on Friday night returned to 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating opposite the World Series Game 3, down sharply from its year-ago opener (6.2 mil/1.8 vs. Simpsons reruns) but up from its May finale (5.3 mil/1.5). Constantine‘s premiere retained 4.3 mil/1.4, well shy of Dracula‘s year-ago launch (5.3 mil/1.8) but […]
08:44 Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'» Engadget RSS Feed
Even the most well respected filmmakers have been known to bend the truth a bit when it comes to depicting science on the silver screen, throwing accuracy to the wind in favor of trivialities like "plot" and "drama." We kid, of course. But how does...
08:43 Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week» LiveScience.com
Lions, whales and spiders, oh my! This week we found some awesome photos for you to check out.
08:43 Korea leaflet launch grounded by egg-throwers» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
South Koreans living near border say protest balloons sent into North by activists put them at risk of retaliation.
08:00 The 25 Most Terrifying Urban Legends in the World» Neatorama

Image Credit: Marcus Quigmire

So what urban legend pulls you in the most? I would love to say it is the "guy with hook on his hand who just escaped the mental asylum" story, but for me, it is actually the "don't flash your headlights at another driver whose lights are off because it is a gang initiation move and they will kill you" legend. You know why? Because to this day I see people leaving that advice to one another on Facebook, proving the theory never died. That shows you the true power of an urban legend. It becomes a real entity over time because we, as people, give it legs.

Here, let me give some of these creepy urban legends some more legs with this list of The 25 Most Terrifying Urban Legends In The World. Because I want to ensure that your kid's kids are still talking about these stories like they are true, fifty years from now.

Via TheRichest

07:57 Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells» Slashdot
SternisheFan writes with news that medical researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully cultivated stem cells that will kill brain cancer cells in mice without damaging healthy cells. "They used genetic engineering to make stem cells that spewed out cancer-killing toxins, but, crucially, were also able to resist the effects of the poison they were producing. ... In animal tests, the stem cells were surrounded in gel and placed at the site of the brain tumor after it had been removed. Their cancer cells then died as they had no defense against the toxins (abstract)." The next step in the research is to try the treatment on humans. Chris Mason, a professor of regenerative medicine, said, "This is a clever study, which signals the beginning of the next wave of therapies. It shows you can attack solid tumors by putting mini pharmacies inside the patient which deliver the toxic payload direct to the tumor. Cells can do so much. This is the way the future is going to be."

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07:38 Sony wants to show you how PS4's online game-sharing works» Engadget RSS Feed
When next Tuesday's 2.0 update hits for the PlayStation 4, Sony will finally turn one of the most ambitious promises it made when the console was first announced a reality. We're talking about Share Play, of course. We know: the ability to virtually...
07:35 The Dalai Lama Will Not Return to Lead Tibet (He Has Something Better in Mind)» Boing Boing
Jason Louv reports on a surprising decision and what it means for Tibet's uncertain future Read the rest
07:25 Malian president urges calm after Ebola death» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says country's first case contained after reports victim could have infected others before dying.
07:13 Classic adventure game hero Gabriel Knight returns for remake» Boing Boing
But what can he tell us about Voodoo? Brian Easton hopes for more. Read the rest
07:00 Delicious Popsicles Shaped Like Deadly Microorgamisms» Neatorama

From left to right, you can see MRSA, influenza, chicken pox, e. coli, and HIV.

Go ahead and take a lick! They're perfectly safe. Artist Wei Li made these popsicles just look like deadly pathogens. They're part of a project that he calls Dangerous Popsicles. Li explains that he wants to create a confusing sensory experience:

Before tasting with your tongue, you first taste with your eyes and mind. The popsicles are nothing but water and sugar, but ideas of deadly viruses and the spikiness of cacti are enough to stimulate your senses, even before your first taste.

He used a 3D printer to build models, which he then used to create popsicle molds.

In addition to the microorganisms, Li also created several cacti. They might not kill you, but you should check for spines before eating.

-via David Thompson

06:56 CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones» Slashdot
sabri writes: Following the initial suspension of a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this week, news has come out that the CHP has an entire ring of officers who steal and subsequently share nude pictures. The nudes are stolen from women who are arrested or stopped. Officer Sean Harrington of Martinez reportedly confessed to stealing explicit photos from the suspect's phone, and said he forwarded those images to at least two other CHP officers. Where is the ACLU when you need them the most?

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06:04 Who'd have thought the Power Mac G5 made a good bench?» Engadget RSS Feed
Like it or loathe it, you have to admit that the design of the Power Mac G5 was a very clever way of getting around the system's legendary thermal issues. It was no surprise that the ol' cheesegrater was kept around for the Mac Pro, at least until...
06:00 Yard Sard and Other Delights» Neatorama

How can we misspell “yard sale’? Let me count the ways -because there are a lot more than two. Oh, I can’t count because after a few, I just giggled too much. And they go on and on, in a picture post at Buzzfeed that includes some non-yard sale misspellings and miswordings that are just as funny. Too bad there's no spellcheck for poster board! Everyone makes mistakes, but when this many people don’t catch their mistakes, it becomes entertainment.

05:52 Mold for producing skull-shaped hard-boiled eggs» Boing Boing

Thinkgeek's Egg-o-matic Skull Egg Mold, $10, will take your boiled eggs and mold them into skulls as they cool, so that you can serve them as ghastly breakfast treats.

05:49 Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"» Slashdot
theodp writes According to Steve Ballmer, Amazon.com is not a real business. "They make no money," Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. "In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make money at some point." Ballmer's comments come as Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the third quarter, disappointing Wall Street. "If you are worth $150 billion," Ballmer added, "eventually somebody thinks you're going to make $15 billion pre-tax. They make about zero, and there's a big gap between zero and 15." Fired-up as ever, LA Clippers owner Ballmer's diss comes after fellow NBA owner Mark Cuban similarly slammed IBM, saying Big Blue is no longer a tech company (Robert X. Cringely seems to concur). "Today, they [IBM] specialize in financial engineering," Cuban told CNBC after IBM posted another disappointing quarter. "They're no longer a tech company, they are an amalgamation of different companies that they are trying to arb[itrage] on Wall Street, and I'm not a fan of that at all."

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05:42 Gremlins Christmas sweater» Boing Boing

The Gremlins Christmas sweater ($85) is a joint project of Middle of Beyond (previously) and Mondo Tees. It ships in December. (more…)

05:42 Canadian MPs improvised spears to fight off shooter while PM Harper hid in the closet» Boing Boing

Thirteen of the fifteen flagpoles in the Conservative caucus room were snapped off and turned into spears by Members of Parliament who positioned themselves around the door to ambush the Parliament Hill shooter, while Prime Minister Harper was shoved in a closet. Read the rest

05:00 The 4 Worst Last-Minute Halloween Costumes on the Internet» Cracked: All Posts
By Jack O'Brien  Published: October 25th, 2014 
05:00 The 24 Creepiest Discoveries People Just Stumbled Into» Cracked: All Posts
By CRACKED Readers  Published: October 25th, 2014  As you're about to find out, some discoveries are less Holy Grail and more Necronomicon. With the help of practitioner of the dark photo arts Auntiememe, we present baffling and downright creepy discoveries people ever chanced upon.
05:00 5 Shockingly Dark Scenes Starring Iconic Kids' Characters» Cracked: All Posts
By Erik Germ  Published: October 25th, 2014  People go on and on about how wholesome and innocent the past was, yet they rarely mention the never-ending parades of brutal death porn that were old-timey cartoons. It turns out that destroying innocence was not invented by the Internet after all .
05:00 5 Absurd Characters You See in Every High School Movie» Cracked: All Posts
By Felix Clay  Published: October 25th, 2014  Maybe I just went to a weird high school, but in my experience actual school and Hollywood school are about as similar as actual people and Kanye West. Sure there were different groups of people -- there were jocks, there were nerds, there was a tabl
05:00 4 Ways Terrible Zombie Movies Foretell the End of Society» Cracked: All Posts
By Alex Schmidt  Published: October 25th, 2014  I'm not a huge movie nerd. I mean, I love movies, but I try to remember they're just entertainment. That's why I swore long ago to never let a bad movie fill me with all-consuming, day-ruining rage. Well, aside from Transformers 4, obviously. Paramou
04:36 More than 100,000 'have now fled Myanmar'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
At least 8,000 Rohingya have left country by boat in just two weeks, expert says, to escape persecution and violence.
04:18 Robotic hand uses the power of static electricity to pick up objects» Engadget RSS Feed
A cheap robotic hand developed by a company called Grabit offers something most of the other mechanical limbs we've seen before don't: the ability to pick up objects using electrostatic attraction. Even if you're not familiar with term, you've likely...
04:00 What Does The Tonberry Say? - The Final Words Of Fantasy Critters» Neatorama

What Does The Tonberry Say? by CArxangel

You encounter all kinds of strange creatures when you're exploring the world in search of gil and XP, some you're forced to fight and others are friends, and they all make some seriously strange noises. Have you ever heard a cactuar go boing, or a yellow chocobo go kweh? These are the sounds of adventure, the sound of an impending round of combat or a trusty steed offering you a ride across the world, and if you listen closely while traveling you'll always know where to find some action!

Share the sound of classic RPG gaming with the world, sport this What Does The Tonberry Say? t-shirt by CArxangel and watch Final Fantasy fans come out of the woodwork!

Visit CArxangel's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more gamer-iffic designs:

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04:00 This Highly Realistic Bacon Scarf Looks Good Enough to Eat» Neatorama

Although it looks like thinly sliced bacon ready to slide into your skillet, this is actually a silk scarf designed by Natalie Luder. She calls it Fou Lard, which means "insane bacon." It's about 6 feet long and 1 foot wide. Luder composed this story about its origin:

About 1500 years ago a Chinese silkworm found his way to France to produce silk in Europe. In the country of the « bon vivants » it accidently landed in a butcher’s shop on top of a slice of bacon. Hmm, so soft and tasty, thought the vegetarien with surprise and with verve started to build a cocoon.

As the cocoon grew more and more the butcher’s wife, a sophisticated lady, catched an eye on it. Is this bacon going insane, she thought but shortly after she spotted the little worm who found itself in a new paradise. I will make the most beautiful scarf from your silk, she promised and kept feeding the silkworm with the best bits of bacon she could find. After three month she was wearing proudly the most shiny silk scarf that she would call with affection my „foulard“.

-via Nag on the Lake

03:30 Best-Selling Author Warns ‘You Might Not Want to Buy’ His Book» WIRED
Best-Selling Author Warns ‘You Might Not Want to Buy’ His Book

Patrick Rothfuss is the author of the mega-bestselling novels The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, and is currently hard at work on The Doors of Stone, the final volume in his epic fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle. In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy he discusses his latest book, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a novella set in the same world but with a slightly different feel than his other works.

The post Best-Selling Author Warns ‘You Might Not Want to Buy’ His Book appeared first on WIRED.

03:30 How Car Recalls Work» WIRED
How Car Recalls Work

Millions of cars are being recalled because they may have airbags that can explode with deadly consequences. Here's how the process works.

The post How Car Recalls Work appeared first on WIRED.

02:50 Iran hangs woman despite international uproar» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged on Saturday for killing a man she said tried to abuse her, despite international outcry.
02:39 Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes Google has expanded its search engine with the capability to recognize video games. If your query references a game, a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of Google's search results page will offer more information, including the series it belongs to, initial release date, supported platforms, developers, publishers, designers, and even review scores. Google spokesperson: "With today's update, you can ask questions about video games, and (while there will be ones we don't cover) you'll get answers for console and PC games as well as the most popular mobile apps."

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02:00 Startup Ideas» Neatorama

Shen’s Startup Ideas from Owl Turd are, in order, 1. useless, 2. dumb, and 3. incomprehensible. But hey, those qualities (or lack thereof) never stopped a startup from making a ton of money. What really makes the difference in whether a startup idea ever comes to fruition is how much venture capital you can raise. Then you need the appearance of heading for success for just a little while, and you’ll either be bought out by someone with more time and money than you or someone who wants to eliminate their competition. Of course, that part about the appearance of heading for success is the part where so many startups fail.   

01:00 6 Objective Reasons Why Your Fear of Bacteria Is Irrational» Cracked: All Posts
By David Huntsberger  Published: October 25th, 2014  Everyone has heard about that guy who had the bacterial infection that ate away his face. He had to wear the plastic mask with the fake eyes, but you shouldn't let that scare you away from bacteria. We have hand sanitizers in every public bathroom an
00:26 Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist» Slashdot
Lasrick links to this interview with Peter Kuran, an animator of the original Star Wars and legendary visual effects artist, writing If you saw the recent remake of Godzilla, you saw stock footage from Atom Central, known on YouTube as 'the atomic bomb channel.' Atom Central is the brainchild of Kuran, who among his many talents is an expert on archival films of the atmospheric testing era of 1945 to 1963. Combining his film restoration and photography expertise with his interest in nuclear history, he has also produced and directed five documentaries. He is currently working with Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories to preserve and catalog images from the bomb-testing era, and to produce a technical handbook that will help people understand these images and the techniques used to create them.

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00:08 Is it OK to Give Your Baby that iPad? (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
A recent New York Times article points to a glaring inconsistency between the amount of “screen time” toddlers have using tablets, phones and computers – and the advice of many early years specialists.
00:00 A Cinderella Story:The Best Of Bill Murray» Neatorama

Bill Murray is the man. A million people have said it before me, and a million more will say afterwards. He is just one of those actors that transcended his celebrity status and just seems like an awesome, approachable, every-man. So rather than me sit here and say the same things everyone else has about Bill Murray, how about we just sit here and watch some of his best moments from film?

We shall allow his body of work to speak on his behalf. It's a beautiful thing.

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Bill, hit me up sometime. We'll go crash a party together. It'll be magical. 

Fri 24 October, 2014

23:53 Weight-Loss Superfood: 6 Tips for a Healthy Gut» LiveScience.com
Feed that microbiome right, and you'll see results in, and around, your gut.
23:39 Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete» Engadget RSS Feed
Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now... sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android app, it got a new "Apps & Games" department that...
23:29 Athletes, Sports and Violence Against Women (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
While the association between violence against women and elite athletes is not uncommon, it is not sports per se that are the problem.
23:00 Fashion Styles for Ghosts» Neatorama

(Gemma Correll)

Ugg boots may be popular among the living this time of year, but the typical ghost wouldn't be caught dead in them. Sure, you can just wear a sheet, but only if you're going with the relaxed fit look. And that's not always appropriate.

I like the cargo style because the pockets are practical. Most ghosts, though, seem to wear it ironically.

-via Tastefully Offensive

22:54 Climate Fixes Need Realistic Compromises (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
While scientists gather the ground truth about climate, it's up to lawmakers to do something responsible with it.
22:00 Ten Misconceptions About Food» Neatorama

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Ah, food. There aren't many things on which the people of the world agree, but our love of food is one of them. This Mental Floss video selects common bits of misinformation often heard about food, its additives, shelf life, preparation, cooking methods and more. One food mentioned that I can foresee never being under a false impression about is chocolate. I have that one down cold!

21:19 OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes» Slashdot
operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported," through which an attacker could "gain complete control [of] the web server process." From the article: However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2). Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical. You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list. So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service."

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21:00 30 Funny Business Signs» Neatorama

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Alex once told me to change the sign in front of the Neatorama factory. "What should I write?" "Anything is fine."

It was the last time that Alex sent me out to change the sign.

What can you do with a business sign? 22 Words has a roundup of 30 funny signs that businesses put out front to attract or scare away customers.

20:00 Constantine: Will You Go to Hell and Back for NBC's New Drama?» TVLine » TVLine
Fighting the good fight takes a gnarly turn in the series premiere of Constantine, NBC’s new supernatural drama based on the DC Comic Hellblazer. After watching Friday night’s premiere, are you willing to stand with the title character against the forces of evil? We want to hear your thoughts on the episode, but first, a […]
20:00 Moms' Notes on Front Doors: Ring this Doorbell and Regret It» Neatorama

Image via: Beth Anne

This collection of notes posted on the front doors of exhausted women everywhere is full of sage reminders and cautionary tales. If you wake the child in the name of attempting to sell mama some vinyl siding, you may be diving into a sea of regret the likes of which you stand no chance of treading. Ring at your own risk. (Unless, of course, you have cookies.) See more funny notes from tired moms at 22 Words.

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Image via: Chicago Now

Image via: Chicago Now

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19:45 Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family'» Engadget RSS Feed
Concerned there's not enough to watch on Netflix, or that the big studios and networks might hold stuff back for their own streaming services? Rest easy, the video streamer has plans for a slew of exclusive content over the next few years, and this...
19:26 Over 12,000 People Evacuated Near Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles» WIRED
Over 12,000 People Evacuated Near Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles

It appears that an ongoing volcanic crisis along the Colombia-Ecuador border is beginning to look more significant. A sharp increase in the number and size of earthquakes under Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles has prompted the evacuation of over 12,000 people as both countries prepare for a potential eruption. What kind of eruption is difficult […]

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19:00 Grimm Season 4 Premiere Recap: Trubel-ing Times» TVLine » TVLine
It’s been months since we checked in with the Grimm gang, but for Nick & Co., mere moments have passed between the events of last season’s finale cliffhanger — Nick’s Wesen-detection powers are gone! — and this week’s season-opening episode. And by the end of the hour, those moments seem like a peaceful respite from the […]
19:00 World Record Skydive» Neatorama

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In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a world record for skydiving from an altitude of 128,100 feet. We followed his quest to achieve it for years before it actually happened. in contrast, we heard nothing about another man's quest to break the record.

Early this morning, Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, went upon a helium balloon to a height of 135,890 feet above the earth -that over 25 miles! He then cut the balloon away and fell to earth. It took two hours to go up and only 15 minutes to come down.

“It was amazing,” he said. “It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”

Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at speeds that peaked at 822 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by people on the ground.

The life-support equipment Eustace used was developed by Paragon Space Development Corporation. Google had offered support when Eustice first revealed the project to them, but he didn’t want the jump to turn into a marketing event. Read more about the jump at the New York Times. -via Laughing Squid

18:25 ABC's Manhattan Love Story Is Fall TV Season's First Cancellation» TVLine » TVLine
ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is not getting a happy ending. RELATED ABC Orders More Castle, Once, Grey’s Anatomy and 4 Other Series The romantic comedy — which starred Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman as a new couple in the Big Apple — has been cancelled, making it the first official victim of the fall TV season. The internal […]
18:12 Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion» Slashdot
SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn't yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year's Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn't that impressive, but it's a good start.

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18:00 The Newest Meme: Adorable Bunnies as Phone Cases» Neatorama

10 days ago, Twitter user ryooneokrock1 sent out this image of his pet rabbit serving as a smartphone case. That triggered a wave of similar images across Japan and China. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the cutest photos in the meme. He denies that the rabbits' ears improve the signal strength, but that claim should be subjected to empirical testing.

17:39 Engadget Daily: Nexus 9, Google VP sets new space-jump record, and more!» Engadget RSS Feed
It's Friday, ya'll. But before you checkout for the weekend, check out all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including our hands-on with the Nexus 9, a new high-altitude jump record, the best gaming mice you can buy right now, and more. ...
17:17 Silicon Valley May Be Friendlier to Female Execs Than It Seems, Study Says» WIRED
Silicon Valley May Be Friendlier to Female Execs Than It Seems, Study Says

Despite the controversy, one new study shows that, compared to the rest of the country, Silicon Valley is a pretty friendly place for women.

The post Silicon Valley May Be Friendlier to Female Execs Than It Seems, Study Says appeared first on WIRED.

17:09 Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline» Slashdot
New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

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17:00 The Top 100 Science Fiction-Themed Songs of All Time» Neatorama

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George Dvorsky at i09 compiled a list of his suggestions for the top 100 songs having to do with science fiction.This comes after their prior list of the top 100 essential albums for science fiction fans. Do you own any of the songs and/or albums listed? I have a fair amount. Porno for Pyros is part of my music collection  I've worn that CD out over the years, as well as Jane's Addiction's stuff. Beasties too.(Video/song above NSFW, language.) 

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16:58 Nest owns Revolv's home automation tech now, too» Engadget RSS Feed
Google's adding another member to its household family that includes Nest and Dropcam, and this time its home automation outfit Revolv. The firm's website lists it as "a Nest company" now, and goes on to to assure existing customers that they're...
16:42 Ketamine helps depressed patients temporarily experience pleasure again» Boing Boing

Ketamine, a tranquilizer/anesthetic and recreational drug, can relieve symptoms of depression for up to a couple of weeks, writes psychiatrist Emily Deans.

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16:18 Weed prohibitionists caught telling lies» Boing Boing

Carrying on the sleazy tradition of professional liar Harry J. Anslinger (first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics), weed prohibitionists are stretching the truth and outright fibbing in a desperate attempt to reverse the nationwide trend towards legalization. Read the rest

16:10 Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure» WIRED
Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure

WIRED's own Angry Nerd Chris Baker returns to the Game|Life podcast this week!

The post Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure appeared first on WIRED.

16:09 Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Amazon CEO Bezos is silhouetted during a presentation of his company's new Fire smartphone in SeattleBy Deepa Seetharaman and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector's highest valuations drew widespread ire after a spectacular results letdown on Thursday. Amazon missed expectations across the board - on margins, on its net loss and on revenue. An unaccountably poor 7 to 18 percent revenue growth forecast for the typically strongest holiday quarter was the final straw for some. ...

16:07 Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, "attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters, must largely be judged failures." They say a password must withstand 1,000,000 guesses to survive an online attack but 100,000,000,000,000 to have any hope against an offline one. "Not only is the difference between those two numbers mind-bogglingly large, there is no middle ground." "Passwords falling between the two thresholds offer no improvement in real-world security, they're just harder to remember." System administrators "should stop worrying about getting users to create strong passwords and should focus instead on properly securing password databases and detecting leaks when they happen."

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16:07 AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads» Slashdot
As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network." The iPad itself can still be activated and used on other networks, but only after the installation of a new SIM.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

16:00 Cthulhu Ferrigno - Weird Tales Of Bodybuilding» Neatorama

Cthulhu Ferrigno by Lederman Studio

When the Great Old One discovered he wouldn't be able to arise in his old body he looked for a suitable replacement on Earth. He discovered a mighty hulk of a man with an incredible physique that was a vast improvement over his squishy old squid body. He freed his new host body of it's mind, and Cthulhu Ferrigno was born, ready to smash his way into our hearts with a squid faced smile and the flexing of his mighty green muscles!

Destroy the forces of bad fashion with this Cthulhu Ferrigno t-shirt by Lederman Studio, it will drive your fellow geeks crazy!

Visit Lederman Studio's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty funny designs:

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16:00 That Time it Rained Flesh in Kentucky» Neatorama

In March of 1876 in Bath County, Kentucky, pieces of meat started falling from the sky. Not just a little bit, but enough to have all the neighbors gathering to figure out what happened. The meat was dropped over an area 100 yards long and 50 yards wide.

The shower drew plenty of attention, and curious neighbors and newspaper reporters flocked to the Crouchs’ farm to see the mystery meat and offer their opinions on it. Many locals said it looked like beef, but one neighbor who was a hunter, “on being shown a piece of the flesh, declared it to be bear meat, and stated that it had ‘that uncommonly greasy feel’ peculiar to the flesh of that animal.”

Others took it upon themselves to taste it, and two men said it was “either mutton or venison.” A local butcher who tried a piece “declared that it tasted neither like flesh, fish or fowl. It looked to him like mutton, but the smell was a new one.”

With no one able to identify the meat by sight or taste, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported, “a great deal of the flesh was sent to chemists and others in various parts of the country, and analyses were made by several well-known scientists.”

The scientists came up with several possibilities, but the most likely explanation is one you won’t want to read while eating. The rest of the story is at mental_floss.

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15:55 WATCH: Bug spray for calm masked robber» Boing Boing

A woman working at a convenience store calmly sprayed aerosol insecticide at a masked robber who, in turn, calmly walked away.

15:55 Sundar Pichai takes control of Google's crucial products» Engadget RSS Feed
Well, we guess congratulations are in order. According to Re/code, Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president at Google who used to just be in charge of the Chrome, Android, and web apps teams now basically has control of almost every other Google...
15:54 Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about wearables during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San FranciscoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure, according to a Google spokesman. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, according to Re/code, which first reported the change on Friday, citing an internal memo. ...

15:47 1955 Chevy Nomad emerges from 40-year hibernation» Boing Boing
Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Justin Pinchot just sent us a video of his new pride and joy, a 1955 Chevy Nomad wagon. Read the rest
15:39 Einstein's Gravity Waves Could Be Found with New Method» LiveScience.com
Gravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say.
15:30 Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (update: game over!)» Engadget RSS Feed
The developers at Harmonix Music Systems know a thing or two about music. And we'd hope so, it is in the company name, after all. The studio's latest Kinect game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, is quite a bit different than anything they've done...
15:20 Skydiver Goes Supersonic in Record-Breaking 'Near-Space Dive'» LiveScience.com
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
15:04 A Google Exec Just Skydived 136K Feet, Smashing the World Record» WIRED
A Google Exec Just Skydived 136K Feet, Smashing the World Record

Google's search czar just broke the record for highest sky dive ever. As reported in the New York Times, Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon that was 135,908 feet above the Earth.

The post A Google Exec Just Skydived 136K Feet, Smashing the World Record appeared first on WIRED.

15:02 In Photos: Creepy-Crawly Experiment Reveals Spider's Brain» LiveScience.com
The vision of jumping spiders is almost equal to the sight of humans. Researchers, however, didn't know how to study the arachnids' visual system for one simple reason: every time they tried to look at the spiders' brains, the animals would explode.